Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Has six months passed since you made wine using your starter kit from The Brewmeister? That means the home-made wine sitting in your basement is now finally ready for tasting. But wait; do you know how to properly assess your wine? Knowing the proper wine tasting techniques will give you the necessary skill to determine if your home brewing recipes are successful. Here are pointers on how to properly taste and assess wine: 1. Pouring the Wine – Proper wine tasting starts at the pouring itself. In a restaurant, the waiter will do this for you, but at your own home, you need to do it yourself. When pouring, make sure that the bottle is about 6-10 inches from the bottom of the glass, to allow the liquid to aerate as you pour, thus improving the taste.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Beer is almost as old as civilization itself. Some historians believe that beer making started some 10 millenniums ago when our ancient ancestors moved away from hunting and gathering, and started agriculture. Nobody really knows how it was invented, but the common belief is that a barrel of bread or grain got wet and turned into pulp. Someone must have tried this pulp, either out of curiosity or hunger, and found it good. Majority of the ancient civilizations, like the Mesopotamians and the Egyptians, included the drink in many of their religious ceremonies. One has to wonder, however, if the beer made today is still the same as the ancient beer that our ancestors created. The answer is no. While the brewing process and techniques remain largely unchanged, the home brewing supplies back then were different.
Monday, August 17, 2015
The popularity of home brewing is growing, both as a hobby and business. Last year, results from the 5th annual Homebrew Supply Shop Survey showed that the gross revenue of suppliers across the United States increased by 10.5% in 2013. Among the products sold, beginner homebrew kits were highlighted, growing by 24% among consumers between the ages of 30 and 39 years old. The number of young stores also rose when data showed 37% of the respondents had only been around for three years or less. Moreover, over 60% of the respondents had seen a new shop opening around their area that year.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
In just the right amount, people who drink alcohol or wine can actually benefit from it. According to Medical News Today, wine consumption, particularly the red variety, can reduce risks of many chronic illnesses, like dementia, cancer, diabetes, and heart problems. Previous studies have shown that red wine offers the most health benefits due to a compound found in red grapes, called resveratrol, which serves as an antioxidant in the body. Medical experts believe that this is the key ingredient that makes red wine suitable as beverage when taken in moderately. This ingredient in red wine also helps reduce the production of bad cholesterol, keep blood vessels from being damaged, and help avoid blood clots.
Friday, August 14, 2015
When you were still a novice home brewer, you might have been following the instructions laid out in recipe booklets by heart, afraid that if you change even one element of the whole process, you’d get a bad-tasting brew. Now that you’re quite adept at brewing your own beer, however, why not try tweaking and playing around with your home brewing recipes to get an interesting flavor? Some people believe that to create a totally different brew, they have to start from scratch and find the right ingredients and factor in the necessary measurements, however you only need to make a few little tweaks on recipes you’ve already tried and tested. Fortunately, there are two ways you can drastically change your beer’s taste: either you change its ingredients or you don’t. First, you find a basic recipe that you can carry out perfectly, and then start experimenting.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
There’s nothing better than celebrating parties or weekends than to brew your own beer and share it with everyone, yet for some people this can become more of a trial and error process. Though there are a lot of beginner kits available, making it easier even for novices to brew their own concoctions at home, they might find their beers too bitter or watery than they would’ve wanted. Needless to say, no one can become a master brewer overnight, and developing this skill takes time, patience, and a basic understanding of chemistry. There are, however, some mistakes that home brewing novices commit, which you can avoid to get a better-tasting brew that you can proudly call your own.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
When you're thinking of starting home brewing in Sacramento, California, don't be intimidated by the catalog of brewing supplies you often see on the Internet. Home brewing is actually pretty simple; the key thing is to have quality tools and ingredients to begin with. Here are a few things you'll need to start your brewing hobby. The Supplies Basically, you'll need a brewing bucket, a bubbler, a siphon hose, and some bottles. The brewing bucket is where all of the action happens, while the bubbler lets gas escape from the bucket during the fermentation process so as to keep the container from bursting. The siphon hose is mostly needed to pour out the beer into the bottles for storage or if you wish you can pour drinks directly from the bucket.
Monday, August 10, 2015
People who are interested in becoming wine makers often focus on making traditional wines; however, with all of the available wine making supplies from stores like The Brewmeister (with locations in West Sacramento, Sacramento, other nearby areas and online) a prospective home wine maker can easily branch out beyond grapes as the main source of flavor for their wine. It’s easy and fun. You also avoid the decision-making involved with choosing a particular type of grape to create either a red or white wine. All you need is a fruit (other than grapes) that you’d like to make a wine out of. The Flavors Considering the wide range of flavors available to you when you want to make fruit wine, you’ll need to narrow it down. You could pick something close to grapes; blueberries, strawberries, and others from the berry family taste as well as grapes. Blueberries in particular make a very mild, sweet wine, while strawberries and other berries with strong flavors can provide full-bodied and